End Citizens United is a political action task force based in Washington D.C that was established in March 2015. It is a group that focuses on bringing about major reforms in campaign financing in the U.S.
This group was necessitated from a ruling made by the Supreme Court in 2010 in the “Citizens United vs. FEC” case. This is mainly because the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United, thereby allowing special interest groups and billionaires to inject funding into political campaigns.
The ruling created a legal situation that encouraged the idea of considering organizations to be people. The Citizens United is a group of corporations and billionaires who aim to secure political power through unlimited campaign funding.
In a system where the law was created to reducing corruption in the society and the electoral system, it is a major step back to allow direct campaign funding from untraceable sources.
End Citizens United was established to motivate constitutional reforms that would reverse the ruling made by the Supreme Court. In their efforts to counter dark money groups and corporate special interests, End Citizens United supports individuals who share common goals and utilizing grassroots support to bring meaningful changes to the issue of campaign funding.
The group supports mostly Democrats running for principal offices because they are the leaders in the fight against Citizens United. Even though there are Independent and Republican voters who also share this idea, it is the leadership of the Republican party in U.S Congress that hinders the process of overturning the ruling of the Supreme Court.
Because the curtailing of political spending is of great importance, End Citizens United believes in the power of grassroots support and transparency in political campaigning.
The group is financed and supported by members at the grassroots. In 2015, they had received over 136,000 donations and had managed to get 325,000 signatures for their petition to the Supreme Court. These donors contribute to the fight for democracy.
End Citizens United is committed to creating a broad partnership that will champion for reforms in campaign funding and put pressure on Congress to implement changes. The group offers support for political aspirants who are under attack from big corporations, dark money groups, and individuals who stand against them.
The group has also set up an independent financial sector that will back aspirants through direct mailers, polling and television, and media and campaigns. End Citizens United is committed to enacting constitutional reforms in campaign financing at the national and regional levels through the aspirants they support.
However, some political analysts and experts claim that enacting such reforms in the U.S political system is a very challenging task, if not impossible. They forward that it would be much easier to confirm a new justice for the Supreme Court, who would bring a new balance.
This, however, does not hinder the efforts of End Citizens United, as they continue pressing the court and the most important political actors not to make things worse.